Fun fitness trends you need to try
Fitness crazes to keep you in shape
Tired of the treadmill? Zoned out of Zumba? If your fitness routine has become a chore, we’ve got some fun fitness trends to inject a good shot of excitement back into your workout (if you can call dancing around to your favourite past and present chart hits a “workout”). Keep your body and soul on top form by checking out these fun fitness trends. Which ones are you going to try?
Fun fitness 1: SH’BAM
If you’re looking for an exercise that offers a great fat-burning workout alongside the simplest yet hottest dance moves around, shape up with SH’BAM. According to its creators, the average person burns around 510 calories while taking part in one SH’BAM class – sounds good to us! Each 45-minute class kicks off with a basic warm-up session that gets everything moving from your head to your toes. Once you’re all warmed up, your instructor moves on to the main part of the class which is where you really strut your stuff! Indeed, the main workout involves a simple yet sexy dance workout, underscored by twelve classic and current chart-topping hits. The class ends with what the SH’BAM professionals describe as “sassy stretches” to relax your body and bring your heart-rate down.
Fun fitness 2: Bokwa Fitness
Founded by international fitness personality Peter Mauvi, Bokwa Fitness is a craze that has captured the attention of fitness fanatics everywhere. The reason? Bokwa Fitness allows participants to burn an estimated 1200 calories per workout with its impressive-looking yet super simple dance routines. Indeed, if you watch a video of a Bokwa class taking place, the steps look complicated to say the least. Take a closer look though, and you will notice that participants are simply drawing letters and numbers with their feet while moving to the rhythm of the music. The fast-paced, energetic movements build strength and endurance while remaining a super easy class to take part in, making this the key to slimming success. The best bit? The fact that it involves no choreography so even those of us with two left feet can do it – amazing!
Fun fitness 3: Fusion classes
Variety is the spice of life, and what better way to add variety to your workout routine than to take part in a fusion class? If you’re familiar with two-in-one fitness trends such as Piloxing and Kayoga, you’re probably already aware of the fusion class craze. Indeed, fusion classes – as the name suggests – are two separate forms of fitness fused together, so Piloxing is basically the love child of Pilates and kickboxing, while Kayoga is a mixture of kayaking and yoga. Fusion classes are perfect for anyone who wants a super intense workout in the minimum amount of time. Game of Bockey (ballet and hockey) anyone? This craze could get... crazy!
Fun fitness 4: Obstacle workouts
Obstacle workouts are designed to be tough, muddy and anything but light-hearted. Alongside Spartan Race and Dirty Dash, Tough Mudder events are the perfect example. Tough Mudder events are hardcore, high-endurance obstacle courses that stretch around ten to twelve miles. If you’re a lover of light-hearted dance workouts, steer well clear. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’re likely to find these events as fun as they are challenging. Picture yourself plunging into a muddy pool of icy water, crawling through flooded tunnels and leaping over fire pits. These hardcore events leave little time to get bored.
Fun fitness 5: Rope training
If you’re looking for a fun form of fitness that challenges your body to an amazing cardiovascular workout, increases your lean muscle tissue and allows you to reach your maximum heart rate in minimum time, rope training may be for you. After the warm-up, a typical rope training session consists of an intensive, one minute movement in which you firmly grip a heavy rope at both ends and move it up a down in a wave-like motion. The challenge is – aside from keeping this movement going for a full minute – to keep the velocity and flow of the waves for the entire minute without flagging. It sounds pretty boring on paper but trust us, once you’ve started you can’t stop until you get it right. Once you’ve mastered the wave-like motion, you can move onto more challenging moves. A piece of rope hasn’t been this fun since we were little!